Deep Rock Galactic, the cooperative shooter about space dwarves mining an alien planet, will enter Early Access on February 28th.
A 4-player coop game, Deep Rock Galactic features four distinct characters with their own gear and class that can be upgraded between missions. A deep customisation system is also on the works.
Missions take place in procedurally generated caves, full of valuable gems and dangers. As the team mines walls, floors, and ceilings looking for precious ores, swarms of arachnid aliens lurk in the pitch black darkness.
After a period in Closed Alpha with over 10,000 testers, the game is now coming into Early Access for further development and feedback iteration. According to the release, the team listens to popular demand and has "thus far added upgrades, drones, vanity items, a mini-boss, biomes and refrained from fixing the broken barrel physics!"
“With Deep Rock Galactic, we wanted to create a true co-op experience where teamwork really matters", said Game Director Mikkel Martin Pedersen. "We're mixing the traditional co-op shooter with all the goodness of huge procedural levels, lots of exploration and mining and all the personality of fantasy dwarves – but in a sci-fi setting”.
Søren Lundgaard, CEO/Co-Founder of developer Ghost Ship Games, adds: “Moving into Early Access and Game Preview, we're really excited to keep developing the game with the help of our awesome community. At launch, 7 unique regions of Planet Hoxxes will be ready to explore, mine and get lost in, but really this is just the beginning and Hoxxes has only just begun giving up her secrets. We have SO many more ideas and can't wait to start implementing them all”.
Deep Rock Galactic is out on Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on February 28th, 2018. While the game does support crossplay between platforms, it unfortunately only works between Microsoft Store and Xbox versions -- Steam players will be unable to play with their console brethren.
We had a chance to preview the Early Access build of Deep Rock Galactic, and you can read all about it here.